Julie Conner, RD, CDN, MPH, PhD
CEO, President, Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN), Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach, Certified Adult Weight Management Specialist and IFM Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Julie Conner, R.D., C.D.N., M.P.H., Ph.D., has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and a M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College. She completed her doctorate in Holistic Nutrition with High Honors at Clayton College of Natural Health. She completed her internship at Westchester County Medical Center. Dr. Julie C. Conner is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Dr. Conner is a Certified Health Coach and is Certified in Adult Weight Management. Dr. Conner is also an IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) Functional Medicine Practitioner and is presently pursuing her full certification. Dr. Julie has completed the AFMCP, Detox, and Cardiometabolic Modules at IFM. In 1987, Dr. Conner was honored by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. She has both authored and co-authored numerous publications for nutrition professionals. Dr. Conner has co-hosted a weight management video, titled “Double Team Your Weigh Down.” Dr. Julie Conner has been in private practice since 1983. Presently, Dr. Conner provides nutrition counseling services to over one hundred physicians of all specialties in both the New York and Connecticut areas.
William Conner (Will)
Vice President, CFO and Director of Operations
Will has been the loving husband of Dr. Julie Conner for over 30 years. Will and Julie are the co-founders of Healthy Weighs Wellness Center. They met at Cornell University in 1979 where Will was also attending the university and majoring in Animal Science. They got married three weeks after they graduated! Will has a Masters in Computer Science from Pace University. Will is also a Wealth Management Advisor for LPL Financial and was the General Contractor for the renovation at our center. When he isn’t crunching numbers, you will find Will with his dogs. He takes Rusty with him around town.
Dr. Brian Conner, DC, CKTP,CNS, CDN
Medical Director, Chiropractic Physician, Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN), Health Coach, Certified Medical Examiner,Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), Certified in Full Body Active Release Technique (ART), IFM Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Brian Conner started working at Healthy Weighs, his family’s business, when he was just a young child. He did everything from stocking shelves with supplements to providing support to the front office staff. When he was in high school, he computerized and digitally archived the Healthy Weighs office. Dr. Conner completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY Cortland as a Biology major in the Pre-Chiropractic program. In 2012, he received his Doctorate in Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York.
As a chiropractic intern, Dr. Conner worked at the New York Chiropractic College Campus Health Center, Seneca Falls Health Center, St. John Fisher College Health Center in Rochester, and Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester. In addition to these rotations, he provided care for veterans at the Bath, New York Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Connecticut Chiropractic Association, the New York State Chiropractic Association, and the Institute for Functional Medicine. He incorporates both Graston and Gonstead chiropractic techniques when treating his patients. Dr. Brian is Certified in Kinesio Taping, Active Release Technique: Full Body (ART), and Meridian Autonomic Testing (MAT). Dr Brian is an IFM Functional Medicine practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and is presently pursuing his full Certification in Functional Medicine. He has completed the AFMCP and Detox Modules at IFM. He has an Advanced Certificate in Sports Science and Human Performance. He is a CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care Provider through the American Heart Association. Dr. Conner is a Certified Medical Examiner and a Chiropractic physician with licenses in both New York and Connecticut. His focus is gentle chiropractic because he wants all of his patients to feel comfortable seeking chiropractic services.
Dr. Brian has undergone the rigorous education and practicum training during the past few years and is now a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist. After a comprehensive nutritional assessment and functional medicine evaluation, Dr. Brian will develop a nutrition plan for his patients to meet their individualized needs.
“I am looking forward to helping you improve your health. Set up an appointment for an evaluation. Your body will thank you for it.”
Registered Dietitian/Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
Colleen Wall, R.D., C.D.N. graduated with a B.A. in French and a minor in Sociology from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA in 2000. After working as a bilingual customer service representative for a year and a half, she chose to go back to school to study nutrition. She graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA in 2012. She also completed her dietetic internship program with Highest Commendations through Cedar Crest College in May 2013.
Colleen has been working at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center since 2014 as an Associate Nutritionist. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jim, and they are proud parents to their two sons, Cameron and Spencer.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Greg graduated in July 2013 from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and was awarded the Certificate for Academic Achievement for his 4.0 GPA. He attained a perfect score on the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and he is currently a professor at CCMT. He also teaches a workshop designed to prepare massage students for the National Certification Exam. His personal style incorporates aspects of Swedish/Western massage, sports massage, and other therapeutic techniques tailored to fit each client’s particular needs. Greg places a priority on cultivating a deep relaxation during each session to allow the mind to benefit as much as the body. He sees the unique and varied combination of practitioners at Healthy Weighs as an ideal opportunity to treat clients in a holistic way. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
A Connecticut native, Greg is a resident of Brookfield and also attended Western Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Exercise Physiologist
Chris Chapleau, M.S., L.Ac., is a practicing Acupuncturist and an Exercise Physiologist. Chris is also Certified in Facial Rejuvenation. He has studied under a leading facial rejuvenation expert in the world, Virginia Poran. Chris combines Western knowledge & Eastern practice to help you to be productive and energetic to meet the demands of your daily life. Besides the traditional Eastern approach with acupuncture, Chris also takes a Western biomedical approach to using acupuncture, using trigger point therapy and manual and movement therapy. His experience training himself and others for triathlons, bike racing, MMA & similarly demanding athletic endeavors uniquely prepares him to assist serious athletes in realizing top performance while preserving peak immune function and general good health.
Specializing in acupuncture and exercise science, Chris integrates acupuncture into pre and post physical therapy or fitness training for pain modulation, speedy recovery, and enhanced performance. Clients can choose to just focus on one-on-one exercise therapy/ training, acupuncture, or a combination of both. Other modalities that he uses in therapy are acu-taping, manual body work (structural integration), herbal therapy (MediHerb), nutrition supplementation, cupping, guasha, and stretching techniques (mobilization, PNF, and distraction). The exercise component is one-on-one fitness management, focusing on strength and conditioning, post physical rehab – exercise therapy, sport specific plyometrics, weight loss, core strengthening, and functional training. The acupuncture component focuses on sport injuries, myofascial pain, peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, facial rejuvenation, stress, smoking cessation, addiction detoxification program, weight management, and sport recovery and performance.
Chris is the official acupuncturist and strength coach for Cannondale/fushionThink’s Stage 1 Cycling Team, and he is a CSAOM Board Member.
Amy Fernandez is an Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, and she is also a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s as well as her Master’s Degree from St. John’s University in Elementary and Special Education. She is also a Reading Specialist and holds New York State Permanent Certifications in all three areas. As a lifelong spiritual student/seeker, she faithfully took breaks to nourish intuition, higher awareness, and empathic gifts through reading inspirational books, meditation, yoga, and prayer.
Adults and children are affected by the stresses of society today. Children are especially vulnerable as they’re still in their developmental stage of life. Amy’s three children (ages 15, 13, and 11) love and look forward to their nightly Reiki sessions. It helps them to relax, feel more peaceful, balanced, secure, and it aids in their self-healing.
As a Reiki Master, Amy will guide you through this gentle, yet powerful modality to assist you with reducing stress, relieving pain, and encouraging overall well being. Amy incorporates guided visualization, positive affirmations, flower therapy, and essential oils into her Reiki sessions. Healing occurs in layers and a wellness program is enhanced when it works in conjunction with other medical and therapeutic techniques.
“I look forward to assisting you in your ‘Healthy Weighs’ journey.”
Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist
Dorothyann Freifeld is a Licensed Board Certified Massage Therapist. She graduated with a Certification in Massage Therapy in December 2012 from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport with Dean’s List honors for her 4.0 GPA. Dorothyann is still affiliated with CCMT by tutoring massage students in all areas of study.
She is a highly polished and professional Licensed Massage Therapist with more than four years of experience. Dorothyann has extensive training and continued education in Headache & Migraines Massage, Arthritis Massage, Prenatal Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Replacement Massage, Sports Massage, Oncology Cancer Massage, and Pediatric Cancer Massage. Dorothyann is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Dorothyann loves providing a customized therapeutic massage to each client based on their wants and needs. She specializes in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Prenatal Massage, Stretching, and Sports Massage.
Dorothyann feels that it is an honor and privilege to help people to feel the best they can be. She believes massage therapy treats the whole person (mind, body and spirit) and keeps us all balanced. Book an appointment today to receive your very own customized massage.
Licensed (N.Y.) Aesthetician and Cosmetologist
We are pleased to welcome Robin Poole, aesthetician and cosmetologist, to Healthy Weighs Wellness Center. Robin has been in the business of providing exclusive spa services for over 25 years. Her experience includes working in a variety of different high end day spas and medical spas, and a former owner and operator of two skin care salons.
During her employment and training at South Nassau Dermatology in New York, she worked closely with Dr. Russell Cohen, renown dermatologist and Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. She did clinical dermabrasion treatments and facials during her time there. Her specialty is treating clients with acne and deep pore cleansing. She also specializes in resolving issues for skin with rosacea and very irritated sensitive skin.
She also trained under the following European companies: Sothys, Avance, Jurlique, Repechage, Clarins, Eve Taylor Aromatherapy and two Medi-Clinical companies.
She has been a NYS Licensed Cosmetologist since 1981 and a NYS Licensed Aesthetician since 1982.
Each facial is a little different and is personalized to meet your skin’s needs. That’s why her facials consistently produce lasting visible results.
Note from Robin:
“I’m so excited to be joining the family of Healthy Weighs Wellness Center. I can’t wait to help you with all of your skin care needs. Together we will rebalance and purify your skin, leaving your complexion bright and clear using all natural organic products which will remove embedded impurities, toxins, and dry dead skin cells.”
Certified Yoga Instructor
Celeste brings a lifelong practice of healthy living, nutrition, and strength training to her students. She owes this to her father, a pioneer chiropractor. After a childhood near-death polio illness, he trained to achieve to become Mr. America and inspired thousands to the whole body health concept. She draws on his principles each and everyday.
Celeste started to practice yoga to blend her healthy living with a dedication to mindful exercise. She retired early from being an airline pilot. She found yoga helped her overcome the constraints from back stenosis, living with Lyme disease and Fibromyalgia. Feeling better, she was able to accept her limitations and move beyond them. She feels yoga saved her life and wants to share the gifts yoga brought to her healing life.
Her teaching encourages a strong body, mind, and open heart. She guides her students to a place of self-acceptance, to move through life with more confidence, ease and feeling better.
Celeste received her teaching certificate from Lotus Gardens under the guidance of Lara Ward. She offers Saturday morning Gentle Yoga at our center and private yoga sessions.
Certified Personal Trainer/Health Coach
Steve is a Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, (NASM-CPT) and a Health Coach with Take Shape for Life.
He spent 30+ years at a desk job. In 2015, he decided to come to Healthy Weighs Wellness Center for nutritional counseling, after seeing Dr. Julie give a talk at his company. By this time, he had become overweight and was suffering from all the maladies of a prolonged sedentary lifestyle.
Beyond weight loss, he took advantage of many of the different services available at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center including: acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, and yoga. Because he saw such great results and enjoyed interacting with the staff so much, he decided to make a career change.
Experiencing the benefits that physical exercise added to his health and well-being and how they complimented the other treatments, he became a personal trainer. He is especially interested in working with people who, like he, prefer getting their exercise from doing things that are fun!
Steve is available for personal training by appointment only. Please call (203) 775-1819.
William “Billy” Conner
“I am the Healthy Weighs office manager, and I am also Dr. Conner’s oldest son. My siblings (Kristi and Brian) and I have worked at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center for our entire lives. I was born after my mom had already established her nutrition practice, so I was raised in the world of healthy eating and nutrition counseling my entire life. I have worked at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center since I was old enough to stock shelves and copy papers. In high school, I was in charge of the food drives and Christmas gift drives, as well as to help Dr. Conner’s assistants with anything they needed done. I graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in International Agriculture and Rural Development. I’ve always wanted to go to Cornell because both of my parents and my grandfather went there. As a requirement for my degree, I worked at Cavite State University in Indang, Philippines doing research on diversified farming and helping banana farmers improve their farming techniques.
During that time in the Philippines, I realized that there were so many street children living on their own with no food and no education. I enjoyed making such a difference in their lives. After spending months in the Philippines, I was inspired to get an M.Ed in Elementary Education. My goal was to teach young children how to read and write. My desire to work in a research lab and pursue advanced education in agricultural research did not hold the same meaning to me anymore. I really enjoy working here with our treatment team and all of our wonderful patients. Our staff helps so many people make positive changes in their lives.
Trust me…it does not matter how poor your motivation is for improving your eating habits; she will turn that around and have you eating your fruits and veggies. Chris, Brian, Kristi and I are here to help you succeed in achieving your nutrition and health goals every step of the way. Cheers to good health!”
Christine (Chris) Falkl
Assistant Office Manager
I am the Healthy Weighs Wellness Center Office Assistant. I retired from IBM after working there for over 30 years as a secretary/administrator. I was a patient of Dr. Julie Conner’s for over two years. I had lost a lot of weight due to a medical condition plus personal stress. I never went to a nutritionist before, so I didn’t have any idea how to find one. My insurance company gave me a list of potential nutritionists. As I went through the process of searching each candidate to see who would best fit my needs, I came across Dr. Conner’s website. I knew then that I didn’t need to look any further. As I read the details of her practice, I could tell that she was the right person for me. My first visit with Dr. Julie confirmed my belief. Dr. Julie is a very warm and compassionate person. She treated me as if I was part of her family…very concerned with my well being. I am truly grateful for the time she spent with me in turning my health around. I now have the honor to work at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center.
Kristi is a Marketing and Consumer Behavior Specialist and Certified Social Media Strategist. She is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Consumer Behavior and a minor in Communications. She is in charge of the Healthy Weighs website. “Health is such a big part of happiness– not only does it make you feel great, but it makes life that much easier to enjoy. That’s why I work for Healthy Weighs Wellness Center. I have seen my mother improve the lives of so many people that I can understand why she chose such a profession. And while she is phenomenal at what she does (ask anyone!), sometimes she needs someone behind the scenes to make sure things run smoothly. That’s where I come in. I am here because I have seen what healthy eating and a well balanced lifestyle can do to a person, and I want to spread the word with help from the Healthy Weighs staff.’